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Biz Briefs for the Week of 02/02/99

Biz Briefs for the Week of 02/02/99

Compiled by Eugene Hernandez

>> FX and Lee Do the “Spike” Thing

Filmmaker Spike Lee is presenting a special edition of FX Major Movie Sunday
this weekend entitled, “Do the Spike Thing.” The evening on the cable channel
FX will include a triple feature of Lee films (“Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle
Fever,” and “Clockers”) as well as behind the scenes insight from the man
himself. To hype the event, a FOX PR rep recently emailed indieWIRE a selection
of Spike’s reflections on making some of his movies. And we quote, “We were
originally supposed to do ‘Do the Right Thing’ at Paramount Pictures, but they
had a problem with the ending. They felt they wanted Mookie (Lee) and Sal
(Aiello) and Pino (Tuturro) to be friends for life and sing ‘We Are The World’
and we just feel that was not the right ending for the film. So that’s why you
see the real ending in the film and we went elsewhere to Universal Pictures.”

Meanwhile, commenting on “Jungle Fever,” Spike added, “The first love scene
between Wesley and Anabella in the film was really a reshoot because the first
time we shot that, it was terrible. It was like this was the first time
Anabella’s finding out that she has to have a love scene with Wesley. And we
were very upset that we had to shoot that scene again. But it worked out better
the second time. Still gets me pissed off thinking about it.”

>> DGA Director Nominees

Catching up on a bit of news that slipped through the cracks last week amidst
the Park City frenzy, the Director’s Guild of America announced its five
nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Feature Film for 1998. Garnering his ninth nomination, a DGA record in the
category, was Steven Spielberg for “Saving Private Ryan.” Also nominated
were Roberto Benigni for “Life is Beautiful,” John Madden for “Shakespeare
in Love
,” Terrence Malick for “The Thin Red Line,” and Peter Weir for “The
Truman Show

>> BIZ: October Distributing Spielberg/Shoah Project

In other Spielberg news, October Films is releasing “The Last Days,” a
feature length documentary that “traces the experiences of five Hungarians
who fell victim to Adolf Hitler’s final genocidal push at the end of World
War II.” The film, from Steven Spielberg and the Survivors of the Shoah
Visual History Foundation, was directed by James Moll and features music
by Hans Zimmer.

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